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Report: Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan

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The Sons of Anarchy are coming to Bourbon Street.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan to be the team’s next defensive coordinator.

Ryan, who notoriously boasted he’d have a new job in “like five minutes” after being fired by the Cowboys in January, eventually was hired by the Rams.  But it quickly fell through, putting him back on the market.

Ryan will bring the 3-4 defense to New Orleans, and presumably his brash Ryan DNA.  It necessarily will require coach Sean Payton to be more involved in policing the defense than he was when Gregg Williams served as defensive coordinator and created a mess via an illegal pay-for-performance/bounty program.

Hopefully for the Saints’ sake, Williams and Ryan will have only one thing in common — both were defensive coordinators in St. Louis, but neither actually ever worked a single practice or game on behalf of the team.

UPDATE 9:09 p.m. ET:  Larry Holder of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports that Ryan will interview Friday, and that Georgia defensive coordinator Todd Grantham will interview on Thursday.  Which suggests that the Ryan hire isn’t quite a done deal.  Just like it wasn’t in St. Louis.

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55 Responses to “Report: Saints plan to hire Rob Ryan”
  1. bigshirk says: Feb 5, 2013 9:08 PM

    People are gonna hate cuz its Ryan. But its a solid hire, he knows how to coach a 3-4.

  2. canadianbucsfan says: Feb 5, 2013 9:11 PM

    Happy that our division rivals plan to hire Ryan.. he doesn’t have a lot to work with on that saints D, yes there offense is easily one of the best in the league, but that D was horrible last year. Rob Ryan, just like his brother, is so dramatic and brings to many headlines to his team, add that with the bounty scandal, if things dont go well for the saints next year, that team is going to be a MESS.

  3. neovenator250 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:11 PM

    As a Saints fan, I hate this hire. I hope I’m wrong, but I hate it.

  4. packerblitz says: Feb 5, 2013 9:11 PM

    Don’t compare that guy to the best show on tv…

  5. noring4youstill says: Feb 5, 2013 9:11 PM

    Lord help us

  6. talleymanus says: Feb 5, 2013 9:12 PM


  7. mazblast says: Feb 5, 2013 9:12 PM

    Please, Coach Payton, remind this idiot every day that he is a defensive coordinator, not the rock star the Ryan boys each pretend to be.

    Have him coach from the press box, so perhaps he’ll be less inclined to be the ranting, raving, LOOKATMELOOKATMELOOKATMEEEEEEEE fool that loves to see himself on TV.

    And finally, tell him to ditch the long hair. He’s too old for a look that even on younger guys went out 20 years ago.

  8. sg419 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:12 PM

    Payton and the Ryan’s are tight.
    Not a surprise he ended up here.

  9. shrimpboots says: Feb 5, 2013 9:13 PM

    Georgia DC, huh? Maybe that has something to do with the Saints’ interest in Jarvis Jones and Alex Ogletree…

  10. thetooloftools says: Feb 5, 2013 9:14 PM

    This cannot possibly be true. The “Million Excuse Man” is exactly what the Saints DO NOT NEED.
    Hire him at your own risk.

  11. sg419 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:15 PM

    95% chance this happens

  12. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Feb 5, 2013 9:16 PM

    Oh boy. It was record Super Bowl viewership wait it wasn’t, Rob Ryan will be hire by (fill in the gap) wait nope, the Eagles will move quickly on Vic, or not. Over/under of 1 day until a different story is run.

  13. hungbob says: Feb 5, 2013 9:16 PM

    Bombastic on Bourbon St.
    Flatulence in the French Quarter

  14. iced107 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:16 PM

    Dude… until he’s heading to the office to sign a contract, don’t say he’s being hired.

    “The Saints have shown real interest in Rob Ryan.”

    Don’t need to give the Saint’s fans a heart attack like you did to Ram’s fans multiple times.

  15. tripoint9109 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:16 PM


  16. goodellsadouche says: Feb 5, 2013 9:18 PM

    we could’ve done better

  17. countduku says: Feb 5, 2013 9:19 PM

    Great news for the rest of the division and the NFC !!!!

  18. skoobyfl says: Feb 5, 2013 9:21 PM

    In other news, the Saints have raised their food catering allowance $27,000.

  19. coltzfan166 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:23 PM

    I think these reports of Rob Ryan being hired by a team are coming from Ryan himself.

  20. ningenito78 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:24 PM

    Both guys have similar personalities as Gregg Williams. They will respond well to either one.

  21. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 5, 2013 9:26 PM

    Rob is trying to sell the new 1-6 formation that came to him when he was lying on the beach a couple weeks back.

  22. chattanola says: Feb 5, 2013 9:27 PM

    Well, it’s more tweet than report but didn’t Schefter also “report” that the Saints were hiring Crennel and Mangini?

    Schefter’s doesn’t seem to be afraid to roll the dice and “report” something in hopes of being able to claim that he broke the news.

    Ryan doesn’t even interview with the Saints until Friday.

  23. bartlettruss says: Feb 5, 2013 9:28 PM

    Sounds familiar.

  24. bigwii says: Feb 5, 2013 9:28 PM

    IF he can fix that defense with that offense the NFC just got ANOTHER team that can seriously contend sucks to be in the NFC may the best man win but not to mention they have that Saints against the world mentality as a Pats fan I know how they feel its fun to have everyone hate you just makes you play better

  25. tincansailor981 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:29 PM

    Please don’t

  26. fuglyflorio says: Feb 5, 2013 9:29 PM

    Always knew these two crazy kids would get together.

  27. 69finfan says: Feb 5, 2013 9:32 PM

    5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 months, you know what he meant!

  28. vtopa says: Feb 5, 2013 9:32 PM

    How is the fat slob a step up from Gregg Williams (as a human being)? Hire Romeo Crennel and regain some moral fortitude for your team Coach Payton.

  29. q1ller says: Feb 5, 2013 9:32 PM

    In case anyone was wondering how this franchise could get any scummier…

  30. tedmurph says: Feb 5, 2013 9:32 PM

    Perfect place for Ryan and his bluster. If Brees needs and explanation, get ready for 16 shootouts.

  31. raiderinva says: Feb 5, 2013 9:32 PM

    The winner in this whole deal could very well be the St. Louis Rams…..

    However they did end up with Titus Young…..

  32. knowmewell85 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:33 PM

    Thanks for calling Two Men and A Truck How may I help you?

    Rob Ryan: Hello, it’s Rob again. Can you please bring my belongings from St.Louis to New Orleans?

    Operator: Sure Rob, you didn’t like the St. Louis gig?

    Rob: just bring my damn things and a sandwiches, it will only take 5 minutes!

  33. benroethlisberger7 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:36 PM

    6 rings®

  34. stoney18 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:36 PM

    “Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou, Romeo?”

  35. dat504 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:40 PM

    We want Romeo!!!

  36. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 5, 2013 9:41 PM

    “Bourbon Street? Hehe, where do I sign?…”.

  37. bds19 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:44 PM

    I hope, as a Saints fan, they do not hire Rob Ryan. I don’t think he will bring what we need to the team. I just don’t like that Ryan clan, not any of them.

  38. cutlertomarshall says: Feb 5, 2013 9:50 PM

    *cue the “5 minutes” comments.

    Please people, enough…

  39. r502 says: Feb 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    How does this guy keep getting work as a DC? His defenses have been mediocre to downright bad.

  40. accipiterq says: Feb 5, 2013 9:53 PM

    How does this guy keep getting jobs?? I don’t care what his personality is like, I’m not talking about that. What’s the best rank one of his defenses have achieved? 20th in the league? I’m not even being facetious.

  41. lightcleric says: Feb 5, 2013 9:55 PM

    Instead of hiring Romeo Crennel we hire a Ryan brother who looks like a hobo.


  42. wisewoo says: Feb 5, 2013 9:59 PM

    In an Emperor Palpatine Voice


    – Panthers Fan

  43. musicman495 says: Feb 5, 2013 10:01 PM

    Big mistake if true.

  44. geauxjay says: Feb 5, 2013 10:08 PM

    Strongly dislike. They don’t need a loudmouth drawing attention to the defense. A legend in his own mind.

  45. geraldthecat says: Feb 5, 2013 10:11 PM

    They should hire him. The Dallas d was better when he was there. But also a muzzle.

  46. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 5, 2013 10:13 PM

    I like when you say espn on espn crime.

    It’s just…funny yknow?

  47. boobsmcgoo says: Feb 5, 2013 10:27 PM

    Not going to happen. They are also going to interview assistants on the Super Bowl teams staffs.

  48. rajbais says: Feb 5, 2013 10:29 PM

    Bad move Sean!!! Your team will be out of the playoffs next season!!!

    He definitely cannot Help if you have no 3-4 personnel.

  49. matthewcarlson1 says: Feb 5, 2013 10:37 PM

    Good, everybody already hates them.

  50. thefiesty1 says: Feb 5, 2013 10:48 PM

    BIG mistake! Ryan brothers are not their daddy.

  51. pettytom says: Feb 5, 2013 11:26 PM

    This is the only person in the world that would be worse than Greg Williams. For everyone wanting Crennel to be hired, well there are 8.5 million reasons why that won’t happen. Would you rather earn $8.5 millon from your buyout by KC, or would you rather make far less than that to be a DC? That is why Crennel won’t be anybodies DC this year. Not sure a college guy is the answer either. I was really hoping with the delay of getting a DC until after the Super Bowl it meant we would be looking at someone on the Ravens or 49’ers staff but I guess that isn’t the case.

  52. truecowboyfan says: Feb 6, 2013 12:13 AM

    The Cowboy’s players seemed to like him a lot, but this guy is not a good D-coordinator at all.

    None of his defenses have been to the playoffs in 10 years as a coordinator. He’s only been in a top 10 defense once. He was the worst DC I have ever seen in Dallas. There’s always an excuse for his pathetic defenses too.

    First season with Dallas – The strike was the excuse why our defense was terrible.

    Second season with Dallas – Injuries were the excuse why his defense was terrible.

    This year when the Saints defense fails miserably his excuse will be the Bounty Gate controversy from the year before…

  53. yourignorancespreads says: Feb 6, 2013 6:16 AM

    I’m gonna be sick.

  54. glenne81 says: Feb 6, 2013 8:36 AM


  55. chattanola says: Feb 6, 2013 8:42 AM

    Rob Ryan’s defensive success came with the Pats where he was linebacker coach. Since then he’s been DC with the Raiders and Browns (Raiders!?! and Browns!?! for godsake.)

    At Dallas, there was Garret/Jerry Jones (Garret!?! and Jones!!!!?!) as HC. The D there has talent but he tripped over injury after injury last season.

    Perhaps RRyan’s stars have lined up to put him position to have success with a proven winner under Sean Payton.

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